Pistorius trial postponed
A judge yesterday postponed the murder trial of athlete Oscar Pistorius, who has been charged with shooting dead his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, until Aug. 19. Pistorius, 26, has admitted shooting Reeva Steenkamp, 29, four times through a locked bathroom door on Feb. 14 at his home in Pretoria. His lawyers have said Pistorius was acting in self-defense against what he thought was an intruder. The judge postponed the case after his lawyers asked for more time to prepare.
Ex-Anhui official probed
Former Anhui Province vice governor Ni Fake (倪發科) is under investigation for alleged disciplinary violations, Xinhua news agency reported yesterday. Ni is being probed for “suspected serious disciplinary offenses,” Xinhua said. The phrase is a euphemism for corruption in the state media. The brief dispatch cited a statement released by the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. The report offered no other details about what the alleged wrongdoing entailed.
Mystery man baffles police
Sydney police were yesterday trying to work out what happened to a mystery Asian man who hammered on the door of an elderly couple’s house naked and covered in blood, pleading for help. The man, who does not speak English, staggered to the home on Monday night with significant head injuries before collapsing on the doorstep. “I was shaking like a leaf,” an elderly woman who lives at the home and did not want to be identified, told the Sydney Morning Herald. “But we couldn’t just leave him there to die.” Reports said he told police through an interpreter that he was mugged, stripped, tied up and locked in a car trunk before being dumped. Police said the man had no identification. He is in stable condition in hospital and police are waiting to formally interview him.
Actress found dead
Bollywood actress Jiah Khan has been found dead at her home in Mumbai, police said yesterday. A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the body of the 25-year-old actress was found in her apartment late on Monday. Khan, whose real name was Nafisa Khan, was born in New York and grew up in London before moving to Mumbai. Khan began her career in Mumbai’s film industry in the 2007 Hindi film Nishabd, in which she portrayed a teenager in love with her best friend’s father, played by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. The movie received average reviews because of its provocative storyline, but Khan was praised for her bold acting. In her brief career she performed with other top Bollywood stars, including Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar. Khan last appeared in the 2010 comedy Housefull, in which she played a supporting role.
Old Tokyo bomb destroyed
A bomb squad has destroyed an unexploded bomb left over from World War II that was found in Tokyo. The work left crowds of commuters temporarily stranded yesterday as local lines and the long-range bullet trains were halted as a safety precaution. The bomb found at a construction site was reportedly Japanese and about 40cm long. It was destroyed on the site, which was sealed off. Most of the old bombs found in Tokyo and other cities were dropped by the US, but some were buried or lost by the Imperial Army as well.
Missing activists found slain